MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston softball team fell, 3-1, in the Southern Conference series finale against Western Carolina at Patriots Point on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars outhit the Catamounts but failed to capitalize on their base runners which cost them the game.
CofC (32-17, 13-7 SoCon) saw its 13 game winning streak come to a close in the loss. The Cougars had already claimed the series with Saturday’s doubleheader sweep, however.
CofC was good for 10 hits – three more than the Catamounts – but was plagued by 14 stranded base runners in the contest.
Mackenzie Maples (Corona, Calif.) paced the Cougar bats in going 3-for-4 on the day which sent her batting average over the .300 mark on the season. Chandler Frisbie (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan, S.C.) both had two hits as well.
The Cougars reached at least one runner every inning and left the bases loaded in the third, in addition to stranding two runners five different times.
The game was scoreless until the top of the third when WCU’s Megan Crowe lined a single off the tip of the glove of Cougar pitcher Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) to lead off the inning. The Cougars were unable to record outs on back-to-back ground balls which loaded the bases, and Taylor Sigmon snuck a grounder through the middle of the infield to bring two runs to the plate.
The Cougars would cut the lead to one in the bottom half of the inning after loading the bases themselves, using a Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) walk and singles through the left side by Maples and Frisbie. Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) spoiled several pitches in an 11-pitch at bat before ultimately watching ball four for the RBI base on balls.
WCU took the run back in the next inning when Heather Chastain walked and Crowe doubled down the left field line, and the run scored on a groundball to short stop later in the inning.
Down 3-1, the Cougars put the tying run on the bases in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but lacked the timely hits needed to mount a comeback effort.
The weekend series rounded out the home slate for the Cougars, as they head to UNC Greensboro for their final games of the regular season followed by the SoCon Championships, also on the campus of UNCG.
The Cougars and Spartans will play a three-game series May 4-5, with the tournament beginning on Wednesday, May 8.